PA marks another record increase of COVID-19 cases with nearly all counties affected now

by PublicSource reporters

Allegheny County reported 57 new cases on Friday, for a total of 476.

Pennsylvania logged another record single-day increase of COVID-19 cases, adding 1,404 to the total on Friday, April 3. There are now 8,420 confirmed cases spanning 63 of the 67 counties.

The state also experienced 12 additional deaths; in total, 102 Pennsylvanians are reported to have died of COVID-19.

According to the state Department of Health, 53,695 people have tested negative for COVID-19.

Allegheny County reported 57 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

The new cases take the county total to 476, and the jump represents a 13% increase from Thursday’s count.

Of the total cases, 78 patients have been hospitalized. The county death toll remains at two.

The 25-49 age group continues to represent the largest percentage of state and county cases, at 41% and 43%, respectively.

At a briefing Friday morning, City of Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said that Pittsburghers have generally been following social distancing guidelines, but last weekend was an exception. He cited many instances of residents gathering in large groups and parkgoers not adequately maintaining the 6 feet of social distance recommended. He and other officials emphasized the need to remain vigilant about following CDC guidelines.

Mayor William Peduto emphasized that the next two weeks in particular are critical for curbing the number of coronavirus cases.

“If we should slip … we will exponentially have more fatalities,” he said.

People carry their takeout food beneath the windows of the Smith Brothers Agency in the North Shore. The windows read “Yinz Got This, #Together Apart”. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

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PA marks another record increase of COVID-19 cases with nearly all counties affected now

Featured Image–SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO GO OUTSIDE are wearing masks, such as this woman that Courier photographer J.L. Martello spotted in Downtown Pittsburgh, March 22. (Courier File)

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